Landlords are a four-piece alternative / slow rock band from Hamilton, New Zealand.
Born in 2017 from various members of local hardcore/metal/punk bands, a trio of shoegaze/ slow rock fans got together, & soon came a small collection of demo-ready shoegaze inspired songs. The band soon started popping up in venues around New Zealand, filling rooms with their driving, reverb-laden tunes. Their original bassist relocated to Melbourne for a year, but was soon back in New Zealand due to covid, re-joining the band on guitar making Landlords a 4-piece.
They released their debut self-titled EP in 2020 - six songs of their hallmark heavy distortion, vocal melodies blended under waves of ethereal guitars, driven by the relentless percussion and bass lines that underpin the moody lows and frenzied highs. A mini tour followed the release, allowing the band to share their dynamic sound further afield.
Codeine is Landlords’ second and most commanding release, a crescendo of all their musical energy and songwriting maturity, cementing them as one of the most promising post-punk acts to come out of New Zealand in recent years.